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Long, cold, messy winter that’s ‘more frozen than thawed’ ahead for most of Canada

It’s going to be an extended, chilly and messy winter throughout a lot of Canada, based on the seasonal forecast launched Monday by the Weather Network.

November has already introduced traditionally early snowfall in southern Ontario and energy outages within the Prairies, setting what chief meteorologist Chris Scott mentioned can be a pattern all through the winter.

“The upcoming winter across the country looks to be more frozen than thawed, and we’ve already seen an early entrance of winter weather this fall,” he mentioned. “The signs that we’re seeing this year do suggest we’re in for a winter that’s more on than off across the country — and that it’s going to be fairly long for many Canadians.”

But issues are trying somewhat higher in British Columbia, the place Scott mentioned temperatures can be barely above regular and precipitation can be just under regular.

Favourable ski circumstances in B.C.

However, he mentioned, there should still be a two-week interval the place winter reveals up out of the blue on the Pacific coast. Conditions may even seemingly be beneficial in British Columbia’s ski areas, regardless of the marginally increased temperatures.

In Alberta, Scott mentioned, there can be above-normal precipitation within the south, with particularly frigid temperatures all through the province.

The pattern of a deep freeze will proceed by means of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. That’s particularly the case within the southern elements of the Prairies, the place Scott mentioned he expects chilly air to anchor down for the season.

From southern Ontario to southern Quebec, Scott mentioned, individuals can put together for a winter that’s colder than common and has far more precipitation than regular.

He expects it to be stormy all through Quebec and Ontario, however mentioned there can be a combination of precipitation. That means rain may usually wash out snow after massive dumps, and that there may very well be potential for icy circumstances

“Once we settle into winter, it does not look like an early spring,” Scott mentioned. 

He mentioned winter in Ontario and Quebec can be a slog in the direction of the tip. In truth, all of the provinces east of Manitoba will seemingly face a chronic winter season, Scott mentioned. Spring climate is barely forecasted to reach in late March or early April.

Stormy season

In Atlantic Canada, Scott predicted it will not be bitterly chilly, however can be a stormy season.

“It’s going to be a real mess depending on where you are.”

There will seemingly be tons of snow in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, Scott mentioned, whereas in Nova Scotia, it is going to be a combination of snow, ice and rain.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, Scott mentioned, snowfall can be common.

Scott mentioned Nunavut and the Northwest Territories will seemingly expertise common winter circumstances, which might buck a latest pattern of warmer-than-usual winters within the Far North.

“In years past we’ve seen the climate change signal where we get warmer-than-normal winters, and that’s something we’re going to see for years and decades to come,” Scott mentioned.

But he mentioned this 12 months is an exception, particularly as a result of close to the North Pole, colder air tends to pattern close to Nunavut versus close to Russia and Scandinavia.

But in Yukon, the winter will seemingly be hotter than regular, Scott added.

Yukon and British Columbia are additionally the one elements of the nation the place spring may present up early in 2020. Scott mentioned the remainder of the nation ought to prepare for a harsh and extended season.

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